Search on for New Zealand’s Women of In­flu­ence

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Nom­i­na­tions are open for the fourth an­nual Fair­fax and West­pac Women of In­flu­ence Awards. The awards recog­nise women from all walks of life who make a dif­fer­ence and help shape New Zealand, whether it’s in their com­mu­nity, a spe­cific in­dus­try or in the world. Nom­i­na­tions for all 10 cat­e­gories close on July 15.

2015 Supreme Win­ner, for­mer CEO of Fair­fax NZ, Joan Withers was recog­nised for her work cham­pi­oning board di­ver­sity and striv­ing to close the gen­der gap in busi­ness. Withers went from leav­ing high school at 16 to be­come a chair­woman of Mighty River Power and TVNZ, a di­rec­tor of ANZ and a mem­ber of the Trea­sury Ad­vi­sory Board. She is a strong ad­vo­cate for get­ting more women into board of di­rec­tor po­si­tions.

A me­dia re­lease from the or­gan­is­ers says that pre­vi­ous Women of In­flu­ence win­ners in­clude Les­ley El­liott, win­ner of the Supreme Award in 2014 for her com­mit­ment to the So­phie El­liott Foun­da­tion, help­ing ed­u­cate Ki­wis on vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion and healthy re­la­tion­ships. Therese Walsh was recog­nised for her work as chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Lim­ited, as well as her role as chair of the in­au­gu­ral In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory and Se­lec­tion Panel. She re­ceived the Supreme Award in 2013. See ww.stuff.co.nz/ womenofin­flu­ence

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